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Parking Charge Notice. Hi I received a parking ticket whilst

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Parking Charge Notice.

Hi I received a parking ticket whilst parked outside of a motorcycle shop back in October last year. It states I was parked in a restricted area of the car park (Contraveninf Code 81), actually I used their car park to go to the shop next door. When I returned to the car and seen the ticket I went inside to see the manager who told me of my wrong doing but I pointed out there was no sign and he said it had fell or or been pinched however I never took a picture or have no way of proving this. So far I have just ignored the letter from "Vehicle Control Services LTD" etc but now I have a letter from Roxburghe Debt Collectors asking for the full amount plus admin charges.

What should I do ?

Thank you for your question and welcome to Just Answer. My name is XXXXX XXXXX I will try to help with this.

What was the date of the contravention?
Customer: replied 4 years ago.


Thanks Adam

This is a private land fine. They are not parking fines whatever they may look like. I realise that many of them mimic those issued by the council or the police but they do not have the same authority.

A private land firm is not an emanation of the state. It does not have the right to punish you for the manner of your parking any more than your neighbours do.

This is essentially an invoice arising from a civil dispute. They say that you accepted a contract by parking there and breached it by staying too long or otherwise parking at variance with the contract.

Private land fines used to be very easy to escape by refusing the details of the driver. They only have a contract with the driver. Unfortunately the Protection of Freedoms Act came into force in October 2012 and it makes the registered keeper liable for the penalty if he does not disclose the details of the driver within 28 days.

All that means is that the claim runs against the registered keeper. It just makes it easier to find the person against whom there should be enforcement.

The chances are high that they will not sue. Even though the law has recently changed in their favour and they were quite aggressive in the beginning, they do not sue in the majority of cases.

If they do sue then they would only have a claim for the sum of the original fine plus about £35 in costs. They will send you debt collection letters in which they will threaten to sue you for their debt collection costs. Do not be intimidated by that. They have no claim for that.

Even if they do go to court, they would still have to prove that the signs are adequate and clear. Quite often they are not.

Also, they will have to prove that they have suffered loss. They may be able to claim a very small amount in administration costs but it is going to be the sum they are trying to claim from you. Their loss would seem to amount to no more than about £5.

They will send you some very nasty letters though. You will get debt collection letters making threats of legal action. They will probably get Graham Whyte solicitors to write to you as well. None of these are anything to worry about. It will not impact upon your credit history and it will not add to the costs.

Unless you actually get a court summons, none of these correspondences have any legal basis. If you do get a court summons then you can always part admit the claim and offer £5 for their loss.

Hope this helps. Please let me know if you need more information.

Customer: replied 4 years ago.



Thanks for the response.


So do I keep ignoring the letters or do write back and explain that there wasn't sufficient signs etc saying that I couldn't park there.


Also it was the wife that parked there not me I can prove it wasn't me but the car is registered to me.

If its registered to you and you haven't told them it was her then you are liable as the registered keeper now.

I would just ignore them at this stage. Writing back doesn't deter them. It just annoys them really.
Customer: replied 4 years ago.



So to confirm I just hold tight and hope I don't get a court summons, in the mean time I just ignore all the letters no matter what they say and I assume I won't have any bailiffs knocking on my door is that correct ?



You will not have the bailiffs at your door unless they get a CCJ which you don't pay.

Whatever the letters are saying they cannot do that.
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